Raiders hoping for big return out of Edwards in 2017

The 2015 rookie dealt with injury for much of 2016, but the team says it expects him to be good to go for the 2017 season.

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(AP Photo/John Cordes)

(AP Photo/John Cordes)

Raiders hoping for big return out of Edwards in 2017

  • Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie told 95.7 The Game Thursday that defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr. has been “extremely motivated” this offseason.
  • After having his 2015 rookie season cut short with a neck injury in Week 15, the former second-round pick missed most of 2016 with a hip injury he suffered in the team’s preseason opener.
  • In 2015, he saw significant time as an interior defender (368 snaps) and on the edge (240 snaps).
  • When lined up on the inside, he registered a 9.6 run-stop percentage, which ranked 12th among 3-4 defensive ends with a minimum of 115 run snaps. He also produced pass-rushing productivity rating of 5.4 when attacking the quarterback from the interior.
  • As an edge defender, he garnished an 8.5 run-stop percentage and a 7.0 PRP.
  • The Raiders don’t return a single defensive lineman that finished 2016 with a PFF overall grade higher than 47.5.

Mario Edwards

  • Josh Grabow

    Hopefully see a 2nd year leap out of Ward and Latham. Vanderdoes hopefully can come in and compete right away as well.

  • Malachi

    you’d think justin ellis’ grade would’ve been higher than the 47.5 mark mentioned above, as both his run and pass rush grades were above that limit

    • Anthony

      Yeah i’d like an explanation about how that works too. I’ve seen it a bunch of times.

      • Malachi

        penalties are a factor too, but yea, i don’t know

  • juniorjohnson

    The d line looks to be the unit to determine how good the 2017 Raiders are. They need improvements from the DT’s for the defense to rise from #26.

    The one stat I care most about is how many points they surrender- if they can get to just under 20 PPG then the Raiders are a great team again this year. With the minimal front 7 additions I wonder if they can improve that much tho.